May 19, 2010 3:39 PM
Attorney General Jack Conway announced Wednesday that his Election Fraud Hotline received 116 calls from 43 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the Kentucky Primary Election on Tuesday, May 18.
There were a total of 121 issues raised in the calls, 36 of which involved allegations of vote buying/selling. Thirty of the calls from voters involved procedural questions.
The Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline received 63 calls in the 2008 Primary Election, 24 in the 2007 Primary and 350 in the 2006 Primary Election.
“I appreciate all of the voters who helped serve as our eyes and ears on the ground Tuesday to ensure a fair and honest election for all Kentuckians,” said Conway. “We will review all of the complaints we received and will take the appropriate action, in collaboration with our law enforcement and election oversight partners, if we find violations of Kentucky’s election laws.”
The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations. The office will continue to work closely with the U.S. Attorneys from the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky, Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Board of Elections and the Kentucky Secretary of State to review complaints, and where necessary, investigate any that prove to be criminal in nature.
Election Fraud Hotline Calls
36 Vote Buying/Selling
30 Procedural Questions
15 Election Officials
11 Electioneering within 300’of Polls
8 Voting Machine
7 Legal Question
6 General Election Fraud/Other
3 Special or Absentee Ballot
3 Exit Polling
1 Disrupting Polls
1 Campaign Violation
In addition to the Election Fraud Hotline, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General conducted on-site surveys of polling places across Kentucky. Agents were able to provide timely response to allegations of voting irregularities.